Friday, 23 June 2017

CSM: donate to Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB)

As in all shelters be it human or animal, MDDB is no different. They are in dire need of funds from the generous public in order to maintain the shelter and their staffs, not forgetting to pay the mountain high vet bills! In a bid to support MDDB and also able to buy a cute bow for your pet, you can check out Hola Ola Bows. They have pledged 20% of all sales will go to MDDB from June to September!

For more information, here's their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/holaolabows/

Thursday, 22 June 2017

MPOV: Ying Ker Lou

Type: Non-halal
My rating: 4/5
Location: Lot 138 & 139, 1st Floor, The Curve Mutiara Damansara
Located at a quiet first floor facade, this place was crowded when we arrived. The waiters quickly ushered us to a vacant table and promptly gave us the menu, letting us absorbed it. After we had placed our order, a few of the staffs would religiously checked on our order, later our tea and ice... very attentive in ensuring we were served promptly.

What I liked most was they speak Cantonese, according to our spoken language and not enforcing us to speak Mandarin... dah lah we are banana! So unlike Canton-i where the head waitress kept speaking Mandarin to us when we were speaking Cantonese and it's a Cantonese cuisine restaurant =.= Btw, Ying Ker Lou serves Hakka cuisine so thankfully the staffs didn't speak Hakka to us LOL! Either way, we were just thankful that the staffs were attentive and really efficient!
Our pot of Jasmine Tea RM12
I really liked the old, vintage tea pot. Mind you, it's solid metal and very heavy! Tea was really fragrant and the water was hot enough... truly refreshing.
We have ordered dinner set A1 RM60
Though the dishes were a bit slow (waitress told us there's a shortage of chefs without us asking ya), the food was yummy with the right taste and texture. The meat was tender, not over-cooked with fresh vegetables and most importantly, it wasn't oily! Everything blended in just nice for a dinner for 2.

Total bill was RM80 inclusive of 2 bowls of white rice (RM3 per bowl!!!), 6% GST and 10% service charge. Definitely over the top but worthy for a once in a blue moon treat. Also not forgetting the overall experience and ambience, they had definitely given me a very good first impression!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Amigurumi: Vanna's Choice Amigurumi Pig

Hope this little piggy will enjoy the London weather! I've gotten this pattern from:
www.LionBrand.com
What I've used:
  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • Fibrefilling
  • Eyes
  • Keychain

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

MPOV: Key of Light (Key Trilogy #1)

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 4.16/5
First published: 2003
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: fiction, romance, paranormal

The pleasure of your company is desired for cocktails and conversation. 8 pm, 4th September. Warrior's Peak.

When Malory Price is issued with the above invitation she is naturally suspicious, especially as Warrior's Peak is a local mansion straight out of a Hollywood movie. But with her overdraft at crisis limit and on the verge of losing her job at a local art gallery, she has little to lose by attending the event.

Only Malory is about to get more than she bargained for. At Warrior's Peak she finds that she and two other women are the only guests of their mysterious hosts. They are told an amazing story of magic, gods and goddesses; and of three demi-goddesses who have been cast into an eternal sleep, their mortal souls placed under lock and key. And in every generation, three women are born who alone have the power to free them - if they are prepared to accept the challenge.

Three women. Three keys to find. If one fails, they all lose. If they succeed - money, power and a new destiny awaits. It will take more than intellect, more than determination. They will have to open their hearts, their minds, and believe that everything is possible.

The above taken from Goodreads.

This is actually a trilogy and I had accidentally read the third book, Key of Valor, first unknowingly. As such, reading the first book now seemed a daunting quest since I've known the ending. Luckily it's quite entertaining, thanks to Nora Roberts' skillful penmanship. Also speed reading the first half made sense for me. Spent more time indulging in the second half, understanding the whole magical challenge and destiny which made up this trilogy. I'll most likely skipped the second book since I am able to gauge the whole scenario of finding the three keys.

Lesson learnt here: always read the first book, in it's orderly manner LOL!

Monday, 19 June 2017

A victim of bullying

It first started when I was in Standard 3. My best friend then, L, had taken to pinching me all of a sudden. Whenever I said something not to her liking, she'll pinch me. As long as she wants it her way, she'll pinch me until she gets it. I have to give her all my pocket money every single day too. She claimed we should pool our pocket money and share during our recess time but that was not the case.

One day, I could not stand the pain of being pinched regularly and having starved at times during recess time, I had bundled my courage and told my mother about it. She was surprised and decided to bring me to see my class teacher the next day. As I was afraid, when the teacher brought L along for questioning face to face, I could not answer as truthful like how much I had to give her everyday. Instead of answering the truth, I played it down to only 10 sen. I was so scared she would pinch me the next day when this was over. I thank God that it didn't happened and I managed to avoid her at every single turn. She got transferred later on and I felt my life was in order again.

That was my first encounter with bullying way back then. All in all, I think it happened another 2 times... one was during my secondary school term. Then it happened again when I was working with a multinational company during my late thirties but I'll just leave all that for another time. Anyway, the recent incidents in the news had triggered this and brought back lots of unwanted memories which had been locked up in my dark vault for a long time. The feeling of being taunted at still lingered, felt fresh as if it was yesterday. I do not broached this topic easily as I felt ashamed, I do not know why. However, looking back then, I was a strong girl as I had the courage to tell my mother about it and even facing L then though I chickened out with the details. It was not easy but then it had happened with a good ending.

I was sad that the same did not happened to the boy who was bullied, beaten and sodomised. In the end, God loved him too much to let him suffer more and took him along. At least, he's not in pain anymore. However, I do hope justice will be served to those who had bullied, tortured and beaten him that day. Let that be a lesson to all bullies...

We are all humans, why do you have to act or behave or treat us otherwise???
Image Googled.
May your soul, and the others who were bullied and did not survived, rest in peace.

Friday, 16 June 2017

CSM: Flea-esta @ Summit USJ

We are back again at Flea-esta @ Summit USJ on Sunday, 18th June 2017, from 11am to 7pm! Just in time for the last weekend of Hari Raya shopping! Please drop by and check out the many accessories to brighten up your Raya this year!

Not forgetting it's Father's Day this Sunday so you can get a 10,000 mAH power bank for your dad! Or a USB cable instead!

We are located next to Old Town White Coffee and Information Counter near the Main Entrance.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

MPOV: Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し)

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Released: September 20, 2002
Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
Voice casts: Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, John Ratzenberger
Category: A 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli. Disney won the rights to dub the English adaptation of Spirited Away

Ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino and her parents are traveling to their new home when her father takes a wrong turn. They unknowingly enter a magical world that Chihiro's father insists on exploring. While Chihiro's parents eat like pigs at an empty restaurant stall, Chihiro finds an exquisite bathhouse and meets a young boy named Haku who warns her to return across the river before sunset. However, Chihiro discovers too late that her parents have turned into pigs and she is unable to cross the flooded river, becoming trapped in the spirit world.

After finding Chihiro, Haku has her ask for a job from the bathhouse's boiler-man, Kamaji, a spider yōkai commanding the susuwatari. Kamaji already has soot spirits working for him, but he asks the worker Lin to send Chihiro to the witch, Yubaba, who runs the bathhouse; Yubaba tries to frighten Chihiro away, but she persists, so Yubaba gives Chihiro a job but renames her Sen (千?). While visiting her parents' pigpen, Sen finds a goodbye card addressed to Chihiro and realizes that she has already forgotten her name. Haku warns her that Yubaba controls people by taking their names and that if she forgets hers like he has forgotten his, she will not be able to leave the spirit world. While working, Sen invites a silent masked creature named No-Face inside, believing him to be a customer. A 'stink spirit' arrives as Sen's first customer. She discovers he is the spirit of a polluted river. In gratitude for cleaning him, he gives Sen a magic emetic dumpling. Meanwhile, No-Face tempts a worker with gold, then swallows him. He demands food and begins tipping extensively. As the workers swarm him hoping to be tipped, he swallows two other greedy workers.

Sen discovers paper shikigami attacking a dragon and recognizes the dragon as Haku transformed. When a grievously-injured Haku crashes into Yubaba's penthouse, Sen follows him upstairs. When she reaches Haku, a shikigami that stowed away on her back transforms into Zeniba, Yubaba's twin sister. She transforms Yubaba's baby son Boh into a mouse, creates a decoy baby and turns Yubaba's bird creature into a tiny bird. Zeniba tells Sen that Haku has stolen a magic golden seal from her, and warns Sen that it carries a deadly curse. After Haku dives to the boiler room with Sen and Boh on his back, she feeds him part of the dumpling, causing him to vomit both the seal and a black slug, which Sen crushes with her foot.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Finally watching this movie after crocheting many Susuwatari's LOL! An ok animation with simple storyline which was quite engaging at some point. Uniquely Asian with a few cutie's making it a favourable animation to watch. It did touched on many meaningful conscience like greed, love, trust plus don't judge a book by it's cover. Even my princess enjoyed this animation.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

MPOV: H.R.H.

My rating: 3/5
Goodreads rating: 3.65
Published: January 1st, 2006
Author: Danielle Steel
Genre: romance, fiction

The conflict between the old world and the new...between responsibility and freedom...between duty and love...

Princess Christianna, happier in jeans and a sweatshirt than in the formal life of European royalty, leaves university to travel to East Africa as a volunteer for the Red Cross. Determined to make a difference, she plunges into the dusty, bustling life of an international relief camp, and is anxious to keep her identity a secret from her fellow aid workers.

Dr. Parker Williams, who works alongside Christianna and shares her dedication to healing, has no idea who she is - but as violence approaches and invades the camp, and the pressures of her royal life beckon her home, her struggle for freedom takes an extraordinary turn.

By a simple twist of fate, in one shocking moment, Christianna's life is changed for ever - in ways she could never have foreseen.

The above taken from Goodreads.

I can really imagine this story as a Diva channel movie, with these type of prose and plots. So dramatist like the others which have been adapted into a movie on Diva channel. From the start to the end, it was kinda predictable and you kinda know how the story would end with a little bump and twist... enough to entertain as a light read. Unbelievable that there were many deaths in this book!

Thankfully, though it was still repetitive and long winded at times especially at the start, the old fashioned plots were entertaining enough for me to enjoy and finished reading it. A first after Legacy that I've enjoyed from Danielle Steel. It wasn't as rushed and the flow was just right except at the start where it dragged on and on about Cricky's responsibility to the throne, her father's staunch believe and her brother's freedom which took practically 1/3 of the book!

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